Chris Medina ‘What Are Words’ Video

Chris Medina

left ‘’ earlier this week after the judges felt he wasn’t among the best 24 contestants on the hit FOX show. The exit prompted judge Jennifer Lopez to erupt in a flood of tears during the emotional exit interview. Now, Medina has released a song based on his emotional story called ‘What Are Words’ on the ‘Idol’ 19 Recordings/Interscope imprint. The track was written and produced only a few days ago especially for Medina to perform by acclaimed hitmaking songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige). The song is now available for download at iTunes. A video, shot this past weekend, just premiered on

A 26-year-old barista from Illinois, Medina captured the hearts of viewers for more than simply his vocal talent. His story of becoming the primary caregiver to his fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who was severely injured in a car accident just months before they were scheduled to wed, won him fans around the country. One of those touched by the story was Jerkins, who was so inspired that he penned ‘What Are Words’ for Medina to record earlier this week.

“To go from a mass audition in Milwaukee to the ‘American Idol’ stage in Hollywood and then to record an original song by and for Rodney Jerkins has been an amazing journey not just for me but for Juliana,” said Medina. “To be able to work in the studio with someone of his stature was a dream come true.”

Added Jerkins: “When I heard the story of Chris and Juliana, the words and music just flowed. Sometimes a song is more than a song and that’s really true with ‘What Are Words’.”

Watch ‘What Are Words’ below.

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42 thoughts on “Chris Medina ‘What Are Words’ Video

  1. Kathy says:

    brought tears to my eyes…what an awesome guy AND song

  2. Roberta says:

    Remarkable…. what a man indeed, Juliana is lucky to have you in her life. Too bad Idol judges thought otherwise. Wishing you both lots of love and success! To Rodney Jenkins, great songwriting, may this song have much success for everybody involved!

  3. Mary E says:

    You are the perfect example of a loyal partner.

  4. Patty says:

    Wow what an amazing guy with an amazing voice! I can’t believe AI didn’t put him in the top 24. I think the judges forgot that the ability to connect with the audience is also a quality that a star has to have, every bit as important as a good voice. Chris Medina has both. His voice is beautiful and he has sincerity about him and the ability to put it all out there for the audience. That’s what AI needs. Lots of people can sing really well but not everyone can connect like Chris does. Someone please give him a recording contract and help promote him because he deserves a chance. It would be a travesty if that doesn’t happen. Sorry AI judges you got it wrong this time.

  5. Michelle says:

    Beautiful song and know it’s good when you feel it. and I felt that so much.. Congrats Chris and Congrats Rodney.. WOW

  6. Debbie White says:

    How Wonderful….Can’t say anything more than that…

  7. says:

    is this record in stores

  8. Steven Medina says:

    Today my mind is going round and round ! This song in my heart, is one of the best I ever heard, I think it will bring people together, because it expresses the love we should all show one another. And also shows us that there is no limit for love, What Are Words, I know it has brought my family closer together. From this day forward I will do my best to show more love to my children, family and friends. God Bless Juliana and Chris. Also I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Rodney Jerkins, Producer. And the man that is responsible for bringing the greatness out of my Son Chris, God Bless you Mr. Jerkins…

  9. Sheri says:

    LOVE IT!! Haven’t stop crying yet. This song is also for my brother-in-law, Glen. He never left Rita’s side from the beginning of her 2 year cancer battle until it took her life. Thanks, Chris for touching our hearts with your story and your song. I pray for big things to come your way.

  10. r. verhage says:

    I am truly amazed at the dedication of this young man. He can definitely sing & he is a real man & true to his word. Beautiful song ….May God Bless him & his fiance.

  11. Hunter says:

    That is real love .. and a real man. most men would leave someone if that happened to their (supposed to be wife) he is so heart warming.!!!

  12. Hunter says:

    Oh lord I haven’t stopped crying!!!

  13. krystal says:

    I cried through the whole thing and watched it many times! it was great you are awesome!!!

  14. Lori Wiggins says:

    Just one word, Beautiful!!!! My prayers and love go out to you and Juliana. I know how hard it is to be a caregiver but when you love that person with all your heart like you love Juliana, it makes it so much easier. Keep on keeping on Chris, your gonna be a star, as far as I’m concerned, you already are :)

  15. Iggy says:

    great song, such dedication, I would like to believe I could be so dedicated to another… tears at the heart.

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  18. Nataliya says:

    You could always tell when someone sings from the heart

  19. chachie says:

    there are not enough words to describe the beauty of this song…Chris talks about Juliana being his angel but I truly believe that it is him that is the angel. she truly is blessed to have such a unique caring and loving man…Chris may God continue to bless the both of you and continue to give you the love and strength that he has given you to be the angel that you have been to the love of your life!

  20. Geneva O says:

    He sang this song from the heart and you could feel his conviction! It brought tears to my eyes. Rodney has written another masterpiece and Chris performed the hell out of it! I smell a GRAMMY! :0) At the end of the song Chris says he’s keeping his Angel close. Chris is truly the Angel in this situation! Well wishes to him and Juliana!

  21. Christina says:

    Chris follow your dreams. Juliana your so BEAUTIFUL All of my prayers go to you guys… Love ya!!!!

  22. Stephanie says:

    There are no more words to describe that song. It says it all. I have shared this with all of my family and they have shared it with there friends. All 3 of you, (Julianne, Chris and Rodney) are such an inspiration to all. You are all angels. I have listened to this song so many times I can’t even keep count. This song, and your story and your voice will live on forever. Number one hit soon!!!!!!

  23. Karl says:

    The single is on sale at iTunes, portion of the proceeds goes to the Juliana Recovery fund.

  24. Jasmine says:

    This is an amazing song that brought tears to my eyes. You are an amazing man, Chris, and I will always think about how the world needs every man to be like you. This song is amazing, both vocally and he literary. Thank you for sharing this story of true love with us. God bless you and may our prayers be with you. Thank you.

  25. Rahul says:

    Chris you are a true lover god bless you. Everything will be alright don’t worry..when I heard your story I cried and when this song came out my tears are out of my control.GOD BLESS YOU CHRIS !

  26. hanaicha says:

    Chris is perfect for Juliana and so does she. I can’t control my tears everytime I watch this video and listen to this song more and more :’)
    Jerkins made every words in this song fits perfectly for Chris, awesome! God bless you and Juliana, Chris :)

  27. Joelene says:

    I think he has a phenomenal spirit and voice. Although he didn’t make it through on Idol, I believe that he still has a future. He has an unmatched strength that will carry him through. I wish the best for him and wish there were more people like him in the world.

  28. Becky G. says:

    Chris not only has the gift of a beautiful voice but also the gift of a beautiful heart! A truly inspiring person thru and thru! May great things come your way, if anyone deserves it,it’s you and Juliana!

  29. Marcee I. says:

    Chris Medina is my American Idol. What do the judges know? His talent is superb and his character speaks volumes. Chris you ROCK!

  30. Richard Deal says:

    Chris you are the man. It’s a shame that you’re not on ” Idol “. but look at the bigger picture you’re where you really need to be and that’s by your lovely woman’s side. May the Lord keep you both in his heavenly arms. God has blessed you with a beautiful voice. And your future wife is a very strong willed woman. Take care you two.

  31. Iggy says:

    I would have thought AI would have brought back Chris as a wild card… but… Chris no longer needs AI…
    God has provided a way for him to make money to help pay for the care his girlfriend needs. Lets pray she may heal enough to have a somewhat “normal” life. ( no insults intended )

  32. Dora says:

    what a beautiful song,left me in tears

  33. jackie says:

    awesome! great and wonderful! this is one of the best song I ever heard! and it really make sense! keep it up! wish you both good luck!! Godspeed…….

  34. Thora Haegeland says:

    This is AMAZING! :)

  35. Jorge Men says:

    What a way to express your emotions through a song. Thanks Rodney in believing in Medina. I believe in miracles and I believe in Medina. Juliana is so blessed to have you as her fiancee! Good luck with your Hollywood career..You will go a long way.

  36. Reverend Dawn Griffin says:

    I would love to perform your wedding when you are both ready. I have some amazing ceremonies!

  37. starralexis says:

    I’ve watched this 100s of times and still brings tears to my eyes. It would be crazy for me to leave and not comment. Love is more precious than anything in this world. You’ve reminded us of why we need to keep our love ones close and cherish every moment of life with the ones we love. You are the example that all must follow! You are truly awesome! I wish you and Juliana the best. Never give up hope and keep going! Your story will carry on for many many years to come! Juliana is truly bless for having someone so great in her life.

  38. Arne Holmdahl says:

    Love & peace to Chris & Juliana ! This song is wonderful! Hugs Juliana from me Please . Love you Chris & Juliana ! <3 <3 <3

  39. Ivan says:

    hey Chris and Juliana my prayers are with you, this is an awesome song and thanks for being there for her. what are words. God bless you.

  40. Diana Johnson says:

    I so love this song. I watch the video so much. Many good thoughts and prayers to you and Julia!

  41. carmelito abellon jr. says:

    you are good example

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